LaMelo Ball signs with agent, ending UCLA commitment

Jose Verdugo
Diciembre 7, 2017

Two days after pulling his son LiAngelo Ball from the UCLA basketball team, the eccentric father told ESPN the former Bruin and his younger brother LaMelo Ball have hired an agent.

"I don't care about the money", LaVar Ball said on Thursday. 'I want them to go somewhere where they will play them together on the court at the same time. The elder Ball says the plan is for both of his sons to sign with the same team overseas.

LiAngelo Ball is not considered a National Basketball Association prospect and LaMelo just turned 16, and was pulled out of his high school earlier this year when LaVar Ball had disagreements with the coach.

The middle Ball child wasn't even projected to start for UCLA this year.

If LiAngelo does not play overseas he could play in the NBA's developmental league, the G-League, and enter into the 2018 NBA Draft since he is now 19.

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The Ball brothers could even find themselves playing in the Chinese league, where several former National Basketball Association players have gone on to make million-dollar salaries towards the end of their careers.

LiAngelo, who was a freshman at UCLA this year, is in the process of leaving the school at his father's request.

"There will be three people with them all the time", Ball said.

LaVar said he does not know where the two brothers will land, but there has been interest. His ability to play at UCLA was already in question due to his signature shoes, which might have violated the NCAA's policy on amateurism. "I'm letting Harrison handle all that, but I know there are a few teams interested".

The 6-foot-5 guard didn't play in a regular-season game for the Bruins this year as he and teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were arrested for shoplifting in China before the team's season-opener. "I just need to get them playing again".

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